This article will explain the exact steps you need to take in order to learn how to make grape juice.
Grape juice can provide you with the same cardiovascular benefits as red wine. Grape juice is the best alternative to red wine for those who prefer a non-alcoholic beverage to keep their hearts healthy. Instead of buying commercially-prepared grape juice which could be loaded with preservatives, why not make your own?
How to Make Your Own Grape Juice
According to a Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry study, the juice of purple Concord grapes contains the highest level of antioxidants, such as polyphenols, that help neutralize those unstable oxygen molecules we now know as free radicals that damage the body’s DNA that increases the risk for cardiovascular diseases like hypertension, asthma, gout, pre-mature aging, and rheumatism, to name a few.
Adding freshly-made grape juice to your diet ensures that the beverage you drink is able to provide you not only with well-known health benefits but essential nutritive values as well on a daily basis.
The only way to obtain 100% of pure grape juice, however, is if you take it in its natural form, meaning, you juice it yourself to guarantee that all of its nutritional benefits remain intact and readily available for you any time.
You can obtain all the benefits of grapes by juicing them, but you need to invest in a juicer that can extract all the nutrients, minerals, and vitamins as well as the phytochemicals, antioxidants, flavonoids, and everything else that makes grape juice a healthy alternative to sodas and artificially-flavored powder or concentrate juice products.
If organic grapes are unavailable, make sure you wash the commercial variety thoroughly, especially if you want to juice them including the skin, stems, and seeds.
A juicer reduces the time with which to process your grapes into fresh juice. Additionally, the masticating type of juicer will produce relatively high-quality juice inclusive of the grape’s skin fibers which are important in aiding digesting.
Although masticating juicers are slower in juicing performance than centrifugal juicers, they are perfect for juicing grapes; centrifugal juicers will spin grapes right into their pulp basins but if this is the juicer type that you have, you can place a strainer – preferably one that has a spout to avoid spills when you pour out the juice – over a bowl and strain the extracted juice through it to eliminate the pulp.
You might think that only the Concord grape variety can be juiced but all types of grapes can actually be juiced.
Because grapes are a small fruit, all you have to do after washing them is to place them in your juicer and turn it on.
Contrary to what you may have heard or might have known, boiling the grapes should never be done for juice extraction; that’s why juicing of fruits in their raw form is the preferred method.
Tips and Tricks to Juicing Grapes
Before you start juicing grapes, you may want to consider some tips and tricks to help you make an informed purchase decision.
If you are using a centrifugal juicer, for instance, it is best to scrape the grapes’ skins out of your juicer’s basket several times during the actual juicing to prevent your juicer’s screen from clogging and reducing the resultant yield of your juicing efforts.
When shopping for grapes, remember the following:
- Look for that powdery appearance on them which indicates that they are in bloom and at their freshest.
- Bunches must have several grapes that are either have a “mushy” feel to the touch or falling off.
- Likewise, their stems should look green, not shrivelled, dry, blotchy or brown in any way.
- While grapes will keep for seven days when refrigerated, it is best to juice them ASAP to obtain their health benefits immediately.
If the resultant juice is too sweet for your taste, add a squeeze or two of lemon or you can mix it half and half with water or apple juice if you find the taste still too strong for your preference.
Get all the benefits of grapes from juicing not just the fruit but the seeds as well. Studies have shown that the flavonoids known as oligomeric proanthocyanidins present in grape seeds protect against heart disease and cancer.
An affordable juicer that produces high quality juice and is easy to use. A little noisy though.
Omega Vrt350 HD
The best juicer on the market for juicing quality in our opinion. Powerful, quiet and very easy to use.
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro
A great juicer if you are on a budget and want your juice extracted in less than a minute!
3 Grape Juice Recipes
See below three of our favorite grape juice recipes. Just follow our simple instructions and enjoy!
- Crazy Grape
- Crunchy grape
- The Grapevine
3 x Green Apples
1 x Handful of Cranberries
1 x Handful of Grapes
1) Juice the apples.
2) Juice the cranberries.
3) Finally juice the grapes.
Handy Tip: Although cranberries are known for combating urinary tract infections, they are also delicious and great for the immune system in general. Use sweet varieties of apples and grapes to offset the sharpness of the cranberries.
4 x Sticks of Celery
2 x Large Bunch of grapes (about 50 grapes)
1/2 Squeeze of Lime
1) Start by juicing the celery
2) Then juice the grapes
3) Squeeze the lime in.
4) Pour over ice and enjoy!
Handy tip: You can juice the lime with the pith, as long as you remove the green peel. The white pith has lots of nutrients so no need to remove it. This may result in a slightly more bitter taste though.
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